I have been the co-host and producer of the Monday Blues podcast since autumn 2015. Myself and Dan Jones (@Daniel_E_Jones on Twitter) came up with the idea when we were living in Paris and talking about music. When we got back to uni, we pitched a demo and the podcast grew from there.
Now that we’ve left uni, we’ve unfortunately had to stop recording for the time being. But we did create a demo of our best bits recently to submit to the Student Radio Awards. You can listen to it here. The entire back catalogue of the podcasts is still available here.
In the podcast, we told stories about some of the blues artists of the 20th century. Some have incredible stories – our episode on blind musicians shows just how resilient these people had to be in face of such hardship. In some episodes we told longer stories, for example how two concerts performed in New York in the 1930s paved the way for so-called ‘race music’ to become more acceptable in America. Our Mardi Gras special showcased the rich variety of music which comes out of the Crescent City and how it represents the cultural melting pot of the region. And our International Women’s Day special focussed on how the first real blues stars were women who had become somewhat forgotten over time.
We were also lucky enough to interview an artist we had both admired for some time. We met Son of Dave just before his gig at The Bodega in Nottingham and he was kind enough to talk to us about his career, from playing with Iggy Pop, to busking on the streets of London, to being left with a ‘sinking ship of a blues jam’ by Neil Young. You can listen to the two-part episode here (part 1) and here (part 2), and read our write-up of the interview here.